June 23, 2015 - 4:42 PM
KELOWNA – A new subdivision on the city’s first green street was officially launched today, June 23.
Okanagan developer AJH Development announced today the launch of Parkside at Clifton Road, Kelowna’s newest subdivision and the city’s first green street. Located on 341 Clifton Rd., 13 contemporary-designed homes will be constructed at the edge of Blair Pond Park.
Following a comprehensive review, Kelowna City Council gave approval for bylaw variances and endorsed the Green Street at Parkside at Clifton Road. At only 100 metres, the small cul-de-sac will pilot sustainable storm water management.
“When City Council saw the plans for this community, we welcomed the innovation and saw how it matched our vision for a more connected and sustainable city,” Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran says. “This is Kelowna’s first ever green street and I applaud the developer for working with City staff to help bring this great idea to life.”
The green street will become an integral part of the natural ecosystem around Blair Pond, contributing to its long-term sustainability. Through an innovative storm water system that uses bio-swales, the green street will recharge the groundwater rather than piping storm water off site. The pedestrian pathway will be flush with the street allowing water to flow over the sidewalk into the swale, and the area’s native soils will provide ground water filtration. The water will make its way back to Blair Pond helping to maintain its water levels.
Landscape guidelines include drought tolerant planting and an island community garden in the centre of the cul-de-sac. The green street also links to a walkway, connecting Parkside to Blair Pond Park, Knox Mountain Park East and hiking and biking trails.
“We wanted to create a smaller footprint with this development and honour the Okanagan lifestyle which is all about connecting with the outdoors,” developer A. J. Hazzi says. “The home designs build on the stunning work of architectural pioneer Frank Lloyd Wright which incorporates natural building materials such as wood and stone, and floor plans which open the interior to views of the beautiful natural landscape and park just steps beyond your door.”
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